Friday, June 26, 2009


Life is never entirely predictable, especially on Ocracoke Island. Family & friends are frequently stopping by to chat and visit. We were sitting on the porch swing, enjoying the evening breeze, last night when college students, Ben, Paige, & Kyle, came over with stuffed olives and wine. We shared stories and world views until nearly midnight. What a fun time! This morning, as Lou Ann & I were cleaning and organizing the house, a friend from college stopped by. H.B. and I hadn't seen each other for quite some time, so Lou Ann and I put down our brooms and mops and enjoyed an hour of catching up. Maybe H.B. will join us for a Ghost Walk tonight, or even a few hands of poker later on. And we'll be sure to wander down to the docks this weekend and spend some time on his sailboat.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is "Remembering Growing up on Ocracoke" by Lawton Howard. You can read it here.


  1. Anonymous6:31 PM

    Okay after visiting a Hyde County web site with photos a varmint pictured was something that appeared to be a Nutria or perhaps a capybara?? Have you seen one of these large rodents that live near the water -- a popular children s book by Bill Peet introduced me to the cappybara

  2. Oh yes, we have nutria on the island. Locally they're called Russian Rats. They are semi-aquatic, and, in spite of their large, menacing-looking front teeth, are herbivorous.